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August 09, 2006

The Boast and Toast Post

By Neil the Ethical Werewolf

I'll have some interesting and non-self-centered things to say about Lamont's victory soon enough.  But for now there's a bit of happy accounting to do:

-As I predicted, Reid and Schumer declared their support for Lamont after he won the nomination. 

-Okay, so John Edwards may have passed on endorsing Lamont before the primary ended.  But he was the first Democratic leader to congratulate Ned on winning and declare his support.  (John endorsed the primary winner a month ago; Elizabeth's weeks-ago quote on an independent Joementum candidacy was, "Let me be clear: we cannot have this.")  Well done, Team Edwards!  Both Markos and the National Journal's blog praise you.

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Comments

The key quote from Hotline:

Ex-Sen. John Edwards gets props for the first call to Ned Lamont last night. And BIG PROPS for Lamont telling reporters, unbidden, that Edwards had called him. (Edwards's staff gets huge props for setting up the call.)

Sen. Hillary Clinton tried to call Lamont last night and didn't get through.

Posted by: Petey | Aug 9, 2006 8:03:16 PM

From the darling of the party and it's vice-presidential candidate just 6 years ago to being run out on a rail, it's now transparent that the party has lurched hard to the left. Yes, with Lieberman's defeat in this primary, the nation will be more aware that the moonbat wing of the party is truly in charge.

If you think they have had a national security issue problem in the past..........

Posted by: Fred Jones | Aug 9, 2006 8:10:20 PM

Yes, with Lieberman's defeat in this primary, the nation will be more aware that the moonbat wing of the party is truly in charge.

I totally agree. Oh, wait, do you mean the Democrats?

Posted by: alkali | Aug 9, 2006 8:57:48 PM

Lieberman could beat Lamont as an Independant on the November ballot. The whole state aren't left wing, Bush haters. And I think ol' Joe outta get some payback.

But I don't think Joe will stay in the race. I think he will be a good Democrat and bow out for the sake of the party. Bill will have a talk with him. Joe knows the Dems, in conjunction with the Clintons, will Ron Brown his ass.

I actually don't think Ron Brown died because he was going to turn on anyone.

Posted by: Captain Toke | Aug 9, 2006 9:26:23 PM

Since this thread is 50% Republican so far...

Hey Fred Jones and Captain Toke:

Who would vote for in the '08 GOP Presidential primaries if you had to vote today?

Posted by: Petey | Aug 9, 2006 10:30:46 PM

Yes, with Lieberman's defeat in this primary, the nation will be more aware that the moonbat wing of the party is truly in charge.

Yep. And they kicked Joe Lieberman's ass. Then they're going to kick the Republicans' ass. Then they're going to kick bin laden's ass. (thanks digby) Which is a hell of a lot more than the Bush-lovers have done. It's about time that politicians of both parties need to realize that aligning with Bush is a ticket to losing their jobs. Lieberman was the first casualty, and in November the landscape will be littered with politicians who hitched their wagons a bit too closely to Bush.

Posted by: Constantine | Aug 9, 2006 10:58:57 PM

Fred,

Lieberman was never the "darling of the party." He was picked as Gore's running mate because some truly stupid people have been allowed to hijack the strategy and tactics of the Democratic party. They chose Lieberman in order to run even further away from Clinton*, whose approval ratings were never as low as Bush's have been all this year.

In 2000, the only people I knew that liked Lieberman were Republicans. I don't care what his voting record is, I don't care what he did in the 60's. Lieberman has been working very hard for a very long time to appeal to Republicans. He has kept his seat because Connecticut is actually a rather blue state, making the big D next to his name all he really needed to keep his seat - at least until yesterday.

With poll after poll after poll showing that the vast majority of Americans are fully against the Iraq war and fully support some sort of withdrawal, your always unfounded "moonbat" and "fringe" comments are more pathetic than ever.

If you don't really have anything to say, resist the urge to set fingers to keyboard. Right now you aren't even being successful at pissing off any of us.

*How infuriating that the same people who convinced Gore to run as far from Clinton as possible, ensuring his defeat, are now those who cozy to Clinton's memory every chance they get. Lieberman isn't even the most galling example of this, IMO. The DLC, busy trying to destroy what little progressive legacy Clinton actually left us, constantly drops his name and claims to have been the reason he got so far. Clinton is a saint merely for not having his Secret Service detail kick their asses.

Posted by: Stephen | Aug 9, 2006 11:51:30 PM

Oh, and Edwards is smooth. He obviously has the right people doing the right things.

If Lamont does pull this thing off in Nov., his star will shine brighter than Obama's, and he's already an Edwards ally.

Posted by: Stephen | Aug 9, 2006 11:52:55 PM

"How infuriating that the same people who convinced Gore to run as far from Clinton as possible, ensuring his defeat,"

Didn't Clinton come out to support Joe?

"If Lamont does pull this thing off in Nov., his star will shine brighter than Obama's,"

You make a statement like that and have the nerve to lecture Fred about resist the urge to set fingers to keyboard?

Lamont is a millionaire opportunist who took advantage of a situation. All he did was parrot the far-left wackos about the war and a bunch of Bush-haters came out to vote. Lieberman spanked Lamont in the debates. And you want to compare Lamont to Obama?

Oh, if Joe stays in as an (I), he'll keep his seat.

Posted by: Captain Toke | Aug 10, 2006 12:12:45 AM

What's with this line of argument? "He was your vice presidential nominee six years ago! You can't criticize anything he does!...Don't you know that he was your vice presidential nominee six years ago??!!"

So what? Why is that relevant? How many Republican supporters did Dan Quayle when he was organizing for president in '98? My God, didn't you know that he was your VP nominee six years ago??!!

Posted by: Chris | Aug 10, 2006 1:16:44 AM

If Joe stays in the race, he will lose very, very big. This will become clear as soon as the first post-primary poll is out.

JC

Posted by: John Casey | Aug 10, 2006 4:36:15 AM

I don't think so, JC. There are more (I)s in CT than (D)s or (R)s. Many Republicans will send money to and vote for Joe because the (R) candidate doesn't have a chance.

All or even most of the Dems that voted for Joe in the primary aren't going to support Lamont. I think the events in UK airports yesterday will ensure that. Many of those Dems are JFK, old school Dems. They don't like where the party is going.

Speaking of the events in the UK, I sure hope the US or UK gov'ts weren't monitoring terrorist phone calls or financial transactions in order to stop the terrorist plot. Feingold and Kennedy will be calling for hearings on why terrorist's rights were violated!

Posted by: Captain Toke | Aug 10, 2006 11:56:43 AM

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